NBC - The gauge with the logo and the longer needle generated higher measurements of the Patriots footballs at halftime, ranging from 0.3 PSI to 0.45 PSI higher for each of the 11 footballs. If that gauge — the one with the logo and the longer, crooked needle — were used to set the PSI for the balls before the game began, the measurements from that gauge are the right measurements to rely upon at halftime. And those measurements show that there was no tampering, because most of the footballs fell within the 11.52 to 11.32 PSI range for halftime, as predicted by the Ideal Gas Law. Referee Walt Anderson didn’t clearly recall which gauge he used to set the pressure in the Patriots balls at 12.5 PSI before the game. Page 52 of the Wells report reveals that it was Anderson’s “best recollection” that he used before the game the gauge with the logo and the longer, crooked needle. In other words, Anderson recalls using the gauge before the game that, based on the halftime measurements, leads to a finding of no tampering. So how did Ted Wells get around the “best recollection” of Walt Anderson? Wells persuaded Anderson to admit that it’s “certainly possible” he used the other gauge. And the company hired to provide technical support for the Wells report concluded based on a convoluted explanation appearing at pages 116-17 of the report that it is “more probable than not” that Anderson used the other gauge. In other words, the Wells report concludes on this critical point that it’s “more probable than not” that Anderson’s “best recollection” was wrong.
I’m already on the record as saying anybody who thinks the Wells Report proved the Patriots were guilty of anything is either a certified lunatic or just a jealous Patriot hater plain and simple. (See Mike Kensil) That’s why this article wasn’t remotely surprising. Oh the NFL actually told Walt Anderson that his best recollection of weighing the Pats footballs was wrong because it would have proven they were innocent? Of course they wouldn’t let Walt Anderson say anything contrary to the case. Hell Walt Anderson probably did measure the balls and record them before the game and they were probably all below 12.5 to begin with, but the NFL burned his notes rather than tell the truth. Honestly would anything surprise you at this point? Rule #1 of a Witch Hunt. There are no rules.
PROTECT THE WALL!